Lehigh Valley Drug and Alcohol
EASTON LOCATION/ INTAKE UNIT
Founded in 1985, offers a wide array of intervention, assessment, referral, case management and information services to the Lehigh Valley community. Taking our cue from Cicero’s classical exhortation to wisdom- The Hortensius (Founding name of the Intake Unit), we have gathered a staff proficient in bringing insights and fresh perspectives into the lives of our clients.
The Intake Staff has developed a strong professional awareness of human services resources. Years of intervention and case management demands have taught us to know what help is available and how this can best be served for a needy client. At the same time, we function as an arm of the County in advocating a healthier and safer social climate.
The Intake Unit serves as a vital source of drug and alcohol information for Lehigh Valley residents. Besides answering telephone inquiries and distributing printed literature, the Intake Staff provide presentations to local groups, as well as in-services to professionals in the field.
DESTRUCTIVE EMOTIONS: AVOIDING RELAPSE DURING THE HOLIDAYS
When you’re in recovery, it’s a huge benefit to have the support of loved ones. However, during the holidays our loved ones may inadvertently stir up feelings that can contribute to relapse. Coping with these feelings is key for avoiding relapse during the holidays.
The holiday season can be a rough time. A study by the American Psychological Association reported about 50 percent of women in the U.S. experience heightened stress during the holidays. Coping methods for dealing with stress included overeating (41 percent) or drinking alcohol (28 percent). Men who reported eating more to cope with stress rose by 6 percent around the holidays.
As the year closes, people tend to look back on their accomplishments and failures. Old patterns of behavior emerge, and stress and anxiety levels increase. Our ability to cope may decrease due to what we’re feeling, and relapse can result. Identifying destructive emotions and preventing or dealing with them without relapsing is a key skill for surviving the holidays. Read more...
What to Do If You Have a Problem with Drugs
Admitting you have a problem is one of the hardest things a person could ever face in his or her life. This resource can help people overcome that hurdle.National Institute on Drug Abuse
TEENS DON’T GET HIGH LIKE THEY USED TO, NEW FEDERAL DATA SHOW
Underage drug and alcohol use continues to fall across the board, according to the latest federal data released Thursday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Teen cigarette use has fallen by more than two-thirds since 2002. Alcohol use has fallen by nearly half. And even teen marijuana use -- a topic of much debate as states consider legalizing recreational use of the drug -- has dropped significantly since 2002.washingtonpost.com
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